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Best of 2012

Think back on the last 365 days and tell us the first thing that comes to mind. And no cheating: THE FIRST THING.

These days it's perfectly acceptable to judge food by its label. Because if the company cares enough about design, they likely care just as much about the product inside.

A drool advisory has been issued for this post. It contains our favorite food styling and photography from the past year. View at your own risk.

The universe is beautiful and terrifying.

Presenting the FWD IRL FAQ: quick links to your most pressing Internet- and phone-related concerns. And apparently you guys are REALLY WORRIED about Facebook.

In case you missed it: These are some of the best reads found on BuzzFeed LGBT.

In case you missed them, these are the ones everyone loved. (With a special section of editor's choice superlatives.)

As "I'm Gay" announcements became a thing of the past in 2012, stars from Sir Ian McKellan to Matt Bomer offered their perspectives on coming out and how, for many of them, it got better.

#2012regrets. We all have these.

For these talented geeks, costume design is more art than hobby. But the results are truly stunning.

Our best lists, essays, mashups, and playlists of the year. Plus, a tribute to the incredibly sexy lyrics of Nickelback.

These (famous and not-so-famous) same-sex couples got married in a landmark year for marriage equality.

From Twitter to his talk show, Cooper was a tour de force.

Dear Sriracha, Pickles, and Sriracha Pickles: You've had a great run. Let's move on, shall we?

This great year's story told in sugar, eggs, flour, and frosting.

Often what you find on the internet is not-safe-for-grandma, but it is possible for something to be totally wholesome and perfectly wonderful.

Dang. Maybe 2013 will be better.

We laughed, we cried, we shared.

From Oreo to marriage equality, these were the best targeted ads of the year. (You know, everything One Million Moms hated.)

2012 was supposed to be her comeback year.

You will laugh.

This is it: Here is the definitive list of the most amazing GIFs that changed our lives this year.

A look back at the most GIF'd year in the history of the electoral process.

Kids are weird but awesome. These are the absolute best of the best of 2012.

Time-travel with us to last century, when Coke still had cocaine in it and ladies weren't allowed to lunch alone!

BuzzFeed's video team had a big old year. Here are some of our finest moments.

These picks represent the consensus of the BuzzFeed Entertainment staff, who hereby officially certify the greatness of all films listed below.

Forty moments of pure joy from this year. Enjoy.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in the spotlight all year long. Will it ever be as cool to be a Mormon as it was in 2012?

The following 15 breakups made us question everything we know about love.

Never stop 'bombing, you guys. And stingrays.

Real good year for cute things, you guys. I honestly think we will look back on 2012 as the year when cuteness finally hit the big time. Excellent work, everyone!

Never has an acronym spread faster or been more infuriating. Thanks, Drake!

'Twas a good year in weird celebrity pictures.

By January, many were already reporting reporting that 2012 was going to be a big year for UFO sightings. But 2012 wasn't just a big year for flying saucer sightings — it was a big year for the paranormal in general.

Congrats to all that made this year's list!

Sometimes you need a reminder that people can do wonderful things.

We saw many happy reunions of things we loved from our past this year — these are the ones that made our hearts grow the most!

TAKE NOTE, FACEBOOK! We're counting on you.

I asked a bunch of writerly people what book they loved the most this year — no matter when it was published. A great list for anyone who likes to read.

From Frank Ocean to Jay-Z, the genre made major leaps forward with the LGBT community in 2012.

So. Many. Abs.

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